Parking Lot Series focuses on topics raised during the Community Trainings that warrant attention outside the in-person training.
In this Episode, we discuss the impact of Covid on Millennials and how our guests have had to work toward reinventing themselves or their lives during and as a result of the Pandemic, both professionally and personally.
Our guests are:
Malakhi RL Eason II (Dr. Kreative): The Director of Programming and Community Impact at International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT.
Duanecia Evans Clark: Director of People Operations at FaithActs for Education. A Connecticut-based non-profit organization working to ensure that every child receives the opportunity to graduate from college, take care of their families, and fulfill their God-given potential.
Director of Programming
Malakhi RL Eason II serves as Director of Programming and Community Impact, where he is responsible for the artistic vision of the Festival and the interplay between programming and the community at-large, including educational programs. In his first year and a half tenure at IFAI, Eason spearheaded the programming of the first-ever hybrid Festival on the New Haven Green and the expansion of community engagement and artistic programming beyond June to year-round. In addition to recently co-leading sessions with Quiala at Michigan’s Presenters Network and APAP delegates on “Curating with Consciousness”, Eason is a sought after international speaker and has been invited to represent IFAI at international convenings on the arts in Tel Aviv, Havana, Toronto, and Montreal.
Originally from Boston, Eason brings more than 15 years of arts administration experience to IFAI. Eason was most recently Programming Manager at Omaha Performing Arts, where he curated the expansive Jazz on the Green Series, ranging from intimate cabaret performances to outdoor concerts featuring artists like Ladama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kim Waters, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and Marcos y Sabor. Eason was formerly a background singer for touring artists while living in Los Angeles, CA.
A graduate of University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT, Eason earned a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Grace University and is working on a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Eason has also served in many positions that convey his passion for service and youth mentorship; he encourages young people to find their passions. Eason is an active member of numerous organizations, including the Lincoln, NE, Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc; Lambda Pi Eta (National Honors Society); and the NAACP.
Born and raised in Harlem, Duanecia Evans Clark leads as the Director of People Operations at FaithActs for Education. A Connecticut-based non-profit organization working to ensure that every child receives the opportunity to graduate from college, take care of their families, and fulfill their God-given potential. FaithActs for Education builds relationships, leaders, and power through community organizing and civic engagement. Duanecia is a 2020 Pahara Institute NextGen fellow, a fellowship designed to cultivate and strengthen the leadership of underrepresented leaders who are making significant contributions to the field of education. She holds a master's degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Throughout her career in public education, Duanecia has ensured the recruitment and retention of Black educators and has forged partnerships between national organizations like Teach For America, the United Negro College Fund, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the National Women’s Law Center. This work has afforded educators the opportunity to be trained and advocate for equitable school discipline practices and end the inequitable push out of girls of color in our nation’s schools.
In 2019, Duanecia stewarded and secured a $10 million grant from The Ballmer Foundation, launching TFA’s Black Educators Promise – a national grant initiative designed to grow the number of Black educators by decreasing financial barriers to entry and providing supports that incentivize and empower Black teacher retention. Duanecia is a visionary leader who designs people-centered social impact strategies for national and local brands.
She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Michell, and their daughter, Ada.